Learn about the benefits that modern, efficient AC units can have for your home.
No one wants to deal with hot, uncomfortable rooms in their home, which is why air conditioners are among the most popular home upgrades. However, every home is different, and the air conditioning system that provides the best solution for one home may not be the right choice for another. At Dr. Energy Saver, we provide a variety of air conditioning systems to help you get the comfort and efficiency you want in your home.
Whether you're interested in central air, ductless air conditioning, or any other type of cooling system, we can help! Dr. Energy Saver will advise you on the right kind of air conditioning for your home to ensure you can enjoy a comfortable home and get the energy savings you want. Contact your local Dr. Energy Saver dealer today to get started on your air conditioning upgrade with a free estimate!
Window, portable, and mini-split air conditioners are typically rated by the number of BTUs they can remove. A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is a unit of energy about equal to the energy produced by a single match. Large central air conditioning systems utilize a different sizing convention called the "ton." A "ton" of cooling capacity equals the amount of heat absorbed by one ton of ice melting over a 24-hour period. One ton of cooling capacity is equal to 12,000 BTUs.
The capacity of an air conditioner should be carefully sized according to the space it is intended to cool. That's because a big part of an air conditioner's effectiveness is its ability to dehumidify the interior air – and drier air feels significantly cooler than humid air. If you install an oversized unit, such as a 10,000 BTU model in a 150 sq. ft. room, it will cool the room quickly and turn off before it has removed moisture in the air. The result is a damp, uncomfortable feeling.
While BTUs and tons describe cooling capacity, EER and SEER ratings are used to describe an air conditioner's efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) denotes the efficiency of a cooling system at a specific outdoor temperature (usually 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is used to measure the efficiency of a cooling system over an entire cooling season. With both EER and SEER, the higher the rating the more efficient the unit.
Window, portable, and central air conditioning units should have EER and SEER ratings. SEER ratings will always be slightly higher than EER ratings. More efficient air conditioners are also likely to have an ENERGY STAR® rating, which means that they are at least 10% more efficient than the minimum standard established by the federal government.
The professionals at Dr. Energy Saver can discuss the benefits of the right kind of air conditioning system and the effects it will have on your home comfort and efficiency. In addition to the installation of new systems, we also offer complete air conditioning repair and maintenance services. Whether you need your existing system repaired, are looking for a replacement, or want new installation, we can help! Call your local Dr. Energy Saver dealer today to get an estimate on the air conditioning services you need for your home.
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